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Mother Homeland Monument, Kiev

Mother Homeland Monument, Kiev (must see)

The Mother Homeland Monument is a titanium statue which commemorates the USSR’s victory in the war against Nazi Germany of 1941-1945. The statue presides over the Museum of the Great Patriotic War’s exhibition hall, rising to 102 metres (335 ft). The monument represents a woman who holds in her right hand a sword, and, in her left hand, a shield with the Soviet Union national emblem. The sword measures 16 metres (52 ft); the shield - 13 by 8 metres (43x26 ft). Legend has it that the sword had to be slightly curtailed so as not to overreach the cross of the nearby Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Kiev’s most important religious site and residence of the Orthodox Metropolitan).

The monument was designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich and inaugurated in 1981, simultaneously with the museum. Soon after its inauguration, the statue became a major local landmark, dominating Kiev's skyline, and a must see for guests of the Ukrainian capital.

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Sight Name: Mother Homeland Monument
Sight Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kiev is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
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Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Kiev's Historical Churches

Kiev's Historical Churches

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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 Km or 5.3 Miles
Kiev's Architectural Jewels

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Kiev South Pechora Tour

Kiev South Pechora Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles

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